Obama Appoints Political Hack as Ebola Czar

Featured image Today President Obama announced the appointment of Ron Klain as his administration’s “ebola czar.” Mr. Klain is a lobbyist and long-time political operative who is currently an Obama aide and has served as chief of staff to both Al Gore and Vice-President Biden. Klain also served as Chief of Staff or Staff Director for Attorney General Janet Reno, the Senate Democratic Leadership Committee, and the Senate Judiciary Committee. He was »

Ernst-Braley hold final debate, as Ernst leads the race narrowly

Featured imageTwo more polls released in the last few days have Joni Ernst (a Power Line pick) leading Bruce Braley in the Iowa Senate race. A USA Today/Suffolk poll shows Ernst ahead by 47-43. A Quinnipiac poll, with a larger sample, has it Ernst 47-Braley 45. This means that the four most recent publicly released polls all have Ernst ahead. The combined number of individuals polled in these surveys is nearly »

Reports: Ebola nurse in “fair” to “good” condition

Featured imageNina Pham, the Dallas nurse who was infected with the Ebola virus, is in good condition and improving, according to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital. Pham has been transferred to the NIH hospital here in Maryland for reasons of “staffing.” Dozens of employees at the Dallas hospital are treating only Pham, and this is jeopardizing the ability to care for other patients. NIH described Pham’s condition in less favorable terms. She »

Zombies at the CDC

Featured imageThe theme of government bureaucrats as zombies is as old as vampires at least, but sometimes they go out of their way to ratify its inner truth. The CDC “Zombie Pandemic” preparedness manual pictured here is not a parody pic for Power Line’s “Week in Pictures”—it’s real publication the CDC put out a couple years ago.  (Here’s the web link for the CDC’s zombie preparedness project—screen shot below.)  Remember this »

Professor Corey, call your office

Featured imageYesterday President Obama expounded on his current rationale for declining to impose travel restrictions on visa holders from west African countries struggling with the Ebola outbreak (video below). Obama prefaced his statement with his customary red flag: “I want to make sure that everybody is clear about the issue.” See if you can follow this: I don’t have a philosophical objection necessarily to a travel ban, if that is the »

Clearing my spindle

Featured imageWhen this site was redesigned, we added the Picks feature above so that we could note news as it was breaking, bring items of interest to the attention of readers about which we didn’t necessarily have anything to say, or take note of pieces that were otherwise worthy of your attention. The Picks feature has obviated the need I occasionally felt to post installments of this series that served the »

Ex-Presidents and Class

Featured imageJust about the entire Democratic Party is lining up to dump on Obama at the moment, including former President Jimmy Carter, who is obviously relieved that he’s no longer everyone’s go-to model for the worst president in modern memory.  But he’s taking no chances.  So he said recently about Obama’s Middle East policy: First of all we waited too long.  We let the Islamic State build up money, capability, and »

Hamburg Becomes a War Zone

Featured imageHamburg has become the scene of street fighting between Islamic supporters of ISIS and expatriate Kurds: Parts of downtown Hamburg, the second-largest city in Germany, resembled a war zone after hundreds of supporters of the jihadist group Islamic State [IS] engaged in bloody street clashes with ethnic Kurds. … The unrest began on the evening of October 7, when around 400 Kurds gathered outside the Al-Nour mosque near the central »

This day in baseball history — take this job and shove it

Featured imageOn October 16, 1964, during a post-World Series press conference, Cardinals manager Johnny Keane announced that he was resigning. On the same day, the New York Yankees, whom the Cards had just bested in the World Series, fired their manager, Yogi Berra. Four days later, the Yankees hired Keane to replace Berra. The Yankees had been talking to Keane for some time. Keane’s move to the Yankees may already have »

Another Reason Obama Knows He’s In Trouble

Featured imageSteve noted this morning that President Obama’s decision to cancel a fundraising trip and give a speech on ebola instead shows that he knows he is in trouble. Here is another clue: the front page of this morning’s New York Daily News, a paper that endorsed Obama in 2008: He’s come a long way from the days when he was telling the oceans what to do. »

The Hinderaker-Ward Experience, Episode 76: In the Hot Zone, With Byron York

Featured imageBrian Ward and I were joined last night by Byron York for a fast-paced, entertaining review of this year’s key Senate races. You won’t want to miss it, even if you aren’t an HWX regular. We also covered some of the news of the day, mainly ebola (Brian is horrified, I am not). And we had a Loon and a TWIG. http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/ricochet.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/HWX-77.mp3 You can listen to the podcast by playing »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured imageAmmo Grrrll returns with reflections on WALMART’S [ill-timed] AMMO SALE! She writes: Any shooter who hasn’t been in a medically-induced coma for the last two years knows that .22 ammo has been scarcer than functional hard-drives at the IRS. Given the title of my Friday guest column and my “handle,” you can guess that I am known around my Dusty Little Village (DLV) in Arizona for being keenly interested in »

The Ebola panic and good sense

Featured imageYuval Levin has a sensible article on NRO called “Lessons of the Ebola Crisis.” Levin believes that the Obama administration is basically right when it says we are not witnessing an outbreak of Ebola in the U.S. and that such an outbreak is unlikely in our highly developed public-health system. However, he also believes that critics are right to say we have witnessed serious failures in the response to the »

Democrats Losing, So They Change the Rules [Updated]

Featured imageThis is hilarious: Scott wrote here about a video contest sponsored by far-left MoveOn and MAYDAY.US. Announcing the contest, MoveOn urged applicants to “make a 30-second ad to wake up America to the crisis of big money in our politics.” The public could vote on the contest entries. The conservative group American Commitment took MoveOn at its word. They made this terrific video about Tom Steyer, the biggest hypocrite on »

Ebola panic and the limits of political sanity [Updated With Classic Image]

Featured imageNo explanation offered by the White House or the CDC about our refusal to impose a travel ban on Liberian or other visitors from affected west African countries to the United States makes sense, or so it seems to me. Indeed, what has been said (again, so it seems to me) ranges from the nonsensical to the absurd, from BS to balderdash. If a travel ban would serve to protect »

The Ebola panic, the media, and the limits of government

Featured imageThe federal government, like almost any large institution, will nearly always be wrong-footed when confronted by the unexpected, especially if it’s an emergency. The feds will be slow off the mark and too many of their initial decisions will be wrong. We saw this with Hurricane Katrina and we’re seeing it now with Ebola. Conservatives, of all people, shouldn’t be surprised. If the federal government were capable of performing well »

Hispanic Voters Are Reagan Voters!

Featured imageThat’s the message of this hard-hitting new anti-Mark Udall ad in Colorado, which is lighting up the internet this morning. The ad, produced by Conservative War Chest, is playing in both Spanish and English. It is aggressive, to put it mildly; it will be fun to hear the Democrats squawk about it over the days to come. The ad represents the most meaningful effort I have seen to take seriously »